SEASON SET TO BEGIN - The Coast Reporter October 13, 2006

André Laplante, one of Canada's finest pianists, opens the 2006/07 season of Coast Recital Society (CRS) concerts, Oct. 22 at the Raven's Cry Theatre.

"The CRS season starts and continues with musical excellence," says CRS artistic director Frances Wainwright. "Our playbill offers six concerts by outstanding Canadian and international musicians. And, like the whipped cream on your favourite torte, we're closing the season with a special event. We've arranged a musical Weekend in Vienna - two concerts by the marvellous Gryphon Trio, performing works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert, all composers who lived in Vienna during their musical careers."

Following Laplante's recital, on Nov. 5, the CRS presents Canadian clarinettist James Campbell with the New Zealand String Quartet, in a concert celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart. Then on Nov. 25, the brilliant young Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, on his first North American tour, will play here before his concert in Vancouver. Though just in his mid-20's, Sudbin has become a favourite of audiences and critics throughout Europe.

On Jan. 21, CRS presents the versatile and always surprising pianist, Sara Davis Buechner. Her interest in the piano canon extends from Bach to comtemporary composers, to the piano scores accompanying silent movies. An exciting Canadian ensemble headlines the first of the Society's two February concerts. Making their North American début this season, A Few More is a chamber group, led by trumpet player Guy Few. They promise a potpourri of 20th century chamber music for their Feb. 3 concert in Sechelt. The Feb. 18 recital features the cello/piano duo of Shauna Rolston and Heather Schmidt. Each a renowned soloist, Rolston and Schmidt have been performing and recording together since 1998.

The 2006/07 CRS season ends with the weekend of Viennese chamber music. Three Times Two consists of two concerts, March 10 and 11, with the Gryphon Trio, one of Canada's finest chamber groups.

As part of the Society's Artists in the Community program, James Campbell and the New Zealand String Quartet and Shauna Roston and Heather Schmidt will perform school concerts while on the Sunshine Coast. And, once again, the CRS will be offering scholarships to Coast students for further music studies. Application deadline is Feb. 16.

All regular CRS subscription concerts take place at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt at 2:30 p.m.

For information, call 604-885-0991 or see www.coastrecitalsociety.ca